This fishing in the Dinkey lakes in awesome. I think fly fishing is the best, but lots of folks catch fish on just about anything including lures. Just make sure your legal and have a fishing license along with a Wilderness Permit. Don’t let the name fool you. The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness is more than 30,000 acres of mountain meadows, pines, rocky peaks and gin-clear lakes and creeks in the Sierra Nevada Forest. The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, at 6,000 feet, stretches across the western slope of the beautiful Sierra and is among the first couple stops on the forest’s main artery, Highway 168.
Fishing is off the hook but the fish seem to be getting smarter. Some folks were only able to catch 5-10 per spot before they would stop biting. Size was from 4″ to 10″ Rainbows. Almost all the fish were in the 7-9″ size range. Most would go airborne instantly on hookup and that was fun. Fish with all barbless hooks for easy catch and release. The fish I have heard to bite everything thrown. One gentlemen was using 1/8 – 1/4 oz Roostertails in Black, Pink, Orange and White as well as 1/4 oz Kastmasters in Gold and Silver and some large 1oz Krocodiles. The only think they did not seem to hit as much was the large Kroc in Silver/Blue combo. They were all over the Kroc with Silver w/red stripe, however.
- Camp at least 200′ away from the lake and 50′ away from streams and 50 feet from the trail.
- Camp in only designated Campsites
- Contact the Local Ranger District and inquire about Fire Restrictions
- You must have a California Campfire Permit to have a campfire, charcoal barbeuce, or use a gas stove or gas lantern. The permit is your agreement to follow the campfire restrictions and regulations in effect.
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